Our nation’s honey bees are in distress. With Colony Collapse Disorder, parasites and changing habitats, things are not going well for the bees. The loss has been precipitous. Thirty percent a year each year since 2006. And if our bees are in distress, so are we. Without bees, our trees won’t be fertilized. No fertilized trees, no fruit. Grist has a succint review of the troubling and potentially devastating situation. More and more scientists are pointing to a particular pesticide. We must keep our eyes on this situation so we can protect the bees, protect the harvest, and protect our food.
Meanwhile, if you want to learn more about local beekeeping, check out Maryland State Beekeepers Association. (They are 103 years old!) Their Winter 2012 Meeting is scheduled for February 18th at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD.